Had Cleopatra's nose been a few milimeters shorter the histroy of the world would have been diffrent. A deformed nose draws attention to your face that can not be compensated for by any amount of make up or jewelry. Rhinoplasty or surgery to reshape the nose, is one of the most common & most difficultof all cosmetic facial surgery procedures.
Rhinoplasty is as much art as it is science and you need to put your faith in the right artist to get results that make you healthy and happy.
Rhinoplasty can reduce or increase the size of your nose, change the shape of the tip or the bridge, narrow the span of the nostrils, or change the angle between your nose and your upper lip caused by birth defects or injury
An often overlooked side of rhinoplasty is that it can help relieve some breathing problems, better airflow results in more oxygen to the blood and brain and a reduction in stress.
If you are considering Rhinoplasty this information will give you some basic information about the procedure.
Who is a candidate for Rhinoplasty?
The best candidates for rhinoplasty are people who are looking for improvement, not perfection in the way they look. If you are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations you are a good candidate.
Types of Anesthesia
Rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure and on what your surgeon prefers. Genral anesthesia costs a little more then local anesthesia.
Rhinoplasty usually takes from an hour to two and half hours though as with all medicine complicated procedures may take longer. During surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your requirements.
RhinoplastyIis usually done from within the nose, making their incision inside the nostrils. some times a small incision across the columella (lower side of nose). In either case the inscion is either invisible or barely visible on close inspection.
After the Surgery
When the surgery is complete, a pack is put inside your nose and a plastercast is put on outside the nose.The nasal pack is removed in 24 to 48 hrs and the external plaster is kept for 10 to 15 days.
After surgery your face will be swollen in the first 24hrs which may increse over next 2 to 3 days. You may have pain over the nose or a slight headache. Pain killer medication and cold fomentation helps in controlling these symtoms. A little bleeding is common during the first few days following surgery, and you may continue to feel some nasal blockage and discomfort for several weeks. If the stitches are on the outside they will be removed on day 6 or7.
GETTING BACK TO WORK
Most rhinoplasty patients are up and about within two days, and able to return to college or sedentary work a week or so following surgery. Hard sternous work is to be avoided for a few weeks.
When will you see results
In the days following surgery when your face is a little swollen many patients feel depressed for a while after Rhinoplasty -it's quite normal and understandable. But rest assured that this stage will pass. day by day, your nose will begin to look better and your spirits will improve. Within a week or two, you'll no longer look as if you've just had surgery. In general you start noticing the improvement in 2 to 3 weeks which keeps on improving as the days pass and the fine tissue swelling subside.
In the meantime, you might experience some unexpected reactions from family and friends. They may say they don't see a major difference in your nose. But trust yourself and your doctor and the difficult time will pass.
We have included before and after pictures in a variety of nasal deformities.These pictures will help you to understand the type of improvement you can expect. All these operations have been performed by Dr. Baser